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“Beautiful gardens and friendly staff”

The Japanese Garden
Ranked #14 of 63 things to do in Newquay
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Owner description: EAST MEETS WEST The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. The garden was built as a meditative garden, where one can calm the mind & let go of unwanted stress through contemplation & reflection. We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm. NEW SEASONAL OPENING TIMES We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October Admission Prices Adults: £4.50 Children: £2.00 Babies/in buggies free Shop & plant areas are admission free. This year we will be offering Season Tickets for £9 – which will enable one person to visit the Japanese Garden as often as they like during our opening dates & times. Useful Information Garden size: 1 acre approx Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths) Refreshments: Yes, small selection of hot & cold drinks & outdoor seating area Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance Dogs: We love dogs & have one of our own (Rupert), but cannot allow dogs, except guide dogs, in the Japanese Garden. There is ample shade in our car park & we can provide water for a four legged friend if requested The Japanese Garden is just over an acre in size & is located in the picturesque village of St. Mawgan. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 20-30 years ago when the garden was first created & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Plants that are classically recognised as Japanese (Japanese Acers for example) are located in abundance throughout the garden & these are blended with some beautiful, local Cornish plants (such as a huge english oak tree among others). Depending on when you visit you might see the spectacular Asaleas flowering in the spring, or the Japanese Acers turning from green to vivid red in the autumn. We now offer a small selection of refreshments (some hot & cold drinks) & a seating area near to our shop. We are hoping to develop a cafe in the future, so we are always keen to hear suggestions about what you might like. If you would like to bring your own food, you are more than welcome, we just ask that you do not leave any litter in the garden. We do not have toilets on site but the village public toilets are accessible & are just around the corner from our car park entrance (less than a 2 minute walk).
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We has a lovely afternoon visiting this beautiful garden. So very tranquil and maintained to perfection. the bonsai trees were fascinating. Well worth a visit.

Thank G W
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

This place is great. Well worth checking out. It isn't a whole day out but the zen garden is cool. They have a little shop and sell Buddhist artefacts which is nice to look at. Obviously sell great bonzai's.
I would visit if you are at a loose end rather than build a day around it as it wouldn't take you all day to visit.

Thank thelocalbigdog
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

This was our fifth visit to the Japanese garden. It's beautiful, peaceful and interesting. Lots of small paths meander through maples, bamboo and various trees and plants. There are small waterfalls and pools with Coy Carp. Buddhas, bridges and lots of points of interest. This garden is small - you can walk around it in about half an hour. Excellent value at £4.50 admission fee. Combine your visit with lunch at The Falcon - a lovely day out.

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

This is a real must to visit as it is out of this world and so very peaceful, the water trickling and wind chimes tinkling make it very special and with all the little winding paths you never know what you will see next.

Thank Barbara O
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

My husband has a keen interest in Bonsai so we made a point of visiting during our holiday in Cornwall. Had seen the website so was prepared for the admission prices but was surprised how small the site was on arrival. As no dogs are allowed in the garden we had to leave our dog in the car. Luckily it was rather a cool day but decided to park underneath overhanging branches to provide maximum shade. Whilst positioning the car a member of staff came out and asked us to move the car, to keep others from following suit. How petty as the car park only had 3 cars in and was unlikely to have an influx of visitors so early in the morning. Yes the gardens are beautiful but there is no information about the plants provided. Our 3 year old daughter was excitable to see the fish and windchimes etc but was barked at by the same member of staff for walking over an area of moss. We took our time to wander around the gardens - if only to feel like we got our moneys worth- but again, the same member of staff disturbed the peaceful atmosphere by continuously raking the gravel on the footpaths. It almost felt that she was following us to keep an eye on us! The Bonsai tree sale area is neglected and the shop area is overpriced. Don't waste your time and money.

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